Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director
Susan M. Maixner, M.D.
Why Geriatric Psychiatry?
In geriatric psychiatry, there is no separation between mind and body. There is only a continuum. The patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all considered when designing tailored clinical interventions. Geriatric psychiatry is among the most “medically-connected” psychiatry specialties. The geriatric psychiatrist never abandons their background in medicine. In addition to biological considerations, geriatric patients benefit by environmental interventions. Geriatric psychiatrists are trained to mobilize systems, including family and community resources to maximize their patient’s functional status.
There is a shortage of geriatric psychiatrists. On a national level, the Institute of Medicine published a report “The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?” This report calls for bold initiatives and reforms to recruit and retain geriatric specialists to prepare for the health needs of the aging baby boomers. This report signifies a major advance by publicizing the need for geriatric specialists.
The University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship has been continuously accredited since 1998, the first year that accreditation became available. We have seven highly experienced faculty members working in many areas of clinical geriatric psychiatry: outpatient, inpatient acute, consultation-liaison, and long-term care. Additionally, we offer a wide range of electives that can be tailored to match the interests of the fellow.
We look forward to talking with you about our program and how we can help you meet your professional goals in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Susan Maixner, M.D.